To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Hero Analysis

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Everybody has their own opinion of what a hero is. A hero is someone who does what they believe is right, no matter what anybody has to say. They stand their ground and don’t fall into negativity. A hero is someone who is selfless and inspires us to be a better version of our own selves. One of the best examples of a hero is Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father in the 1930s in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Many may believe a different character in the novel is worthy enough of being called a leader but since the beginning of the book Atticus has greatly demonstrated the strong and bold qualities of a hero. To begin with, from the start of the novel multiple characters gave not just Atticus but his children too a hard time for defending Tom Robinson. Atticus…show more content…
In chapter nine when Scout asks Atticus why he is defending Tom Atticus responds, “‘the main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not do something again” (Lee 100). Atticus did not care about all the hate he would receive because he felt deep down that if he did not follow through with defending Tom, he would not be able to live with himself. Tom deserved just a fair of a chance to be defended with passion as the next criminal despise his skin color; even though as the book goes on we realize Tom really was not the criminal but the victim. Atticus knew that your skin tone should not determine your fate but also knew that they were in harsh, prejudice times.
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